Back in Shropshire

Me and Rach were back in Shropshire again, working over this bank holiday weekend. We were there to fit the Carron Co Hobgrate I restored a while back with a black stone roundel surround that the customer supplied. I made up the slate slips and hearth on Saturday morning before we got going.
Below are a few pictures of the hobgrate going in. We still have some finishing off to do but I wanted to wait for the Lime to go off fully first. The slips and hearth will be oiled and will come up a beautiful deep satin black.
Rach couldn't resist lighting a quick fire to test the draw, the chimney drew perfectly despite the still warm weather. It must be the first time it has been used for half a century!

We've had another busy week with 1 Georgian register grate, 1 Belle Portable, 1 Cottage range and 16 forged shutter closers being completed ready for delivery today. The grate and range are being supplied with a pair of matching bespoke Bath stone surrounds and they'll look great in their new home! The Belle Portable has been fully insulated internally to make it's installation into a Ploughman's living wagon that much safer. The shutter closers work on the principle of snail cam, or more accurately a scroll cam. The scroll catches onto a pintle driven into the window frame and as it is turned draws the shutter tighter in.

Coalbrookdale hob register grate 1843

Here we have the grate from a pervious post having just got back from the blasters. The sheer amount of different cast parts on these early greats is amazing, often there are wrought bars and lugs and various rivets and square nuts holding it all together. I sometimes think it's a shame that once the grate is installed you don't get to see all the gubbins!

Guidwife portable range

I recently picked up this nice little Guidwife portable range. Guidwife was manufactured at the Caledonia Stove and Iron works of Bonnybridge Scotland that were affiliated with the mighty Smith and Wellstood Ltd and their Columbian foundry of the same location. Of the Guidwife range there were 144 different types with various combinations of ovens, fires, shams and boilers.
This Guidwife is in excellent condition (despite how it appears in the photo) and will be on my to do list in the next month or so. It was found in the staff kitchen of a large Victorian hotel in Oxofrd.